TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The Trinity Police Department is asking parents to check up on their kids' social media accounts. A 13-year-old girl came forward with some disturbing videos and pictures that were sent to her via direct messages. The Trinity Chief of Police said this is a felony-level prank.
An online investigation is underway after one teen's Facebook friend used her email to do something unfriendly.
"Somebody had used her email to create a fake Facebook account and then was messaging people saying that they were her," said Chief Steven Jones of the Trinity Police Department.
After that, the hack escalated to something much more serious.
"The person was sending pornographic pictures and video of a male doing sexual activity in the picture," Jones said.
"It made her angry, and it scared her," said Wendy Schanfish, a victim's parent.
The parent of one 13-year-old girl who received inappropriate messages from the fake account said she's fortunate that she and her child have a close relationship.
"I'm proud her standing up because the way I understand it, she wasn't the only one who got these messages," Schanfish said.
"I have seven children so as parents, you want to be safe and know that your kids are befriending people that they actually know," Jones said.
Jones is encouraging parents to check accounts and be sure that their children are in no way involved in the messages going into direct messages from this account.
"We deleted people she barely knew because of this incident," Schanfish said.
"Social media is out there. It's a part of our world now, and it's going to be a part of our children's world," Jones said.
The picture used as a profile on the Facebook is fake like the email it was created with. Jones said they do believe the person in the video is the person behind the messages.
"He looks to be somewhere in the range of 17 to 20 years old. We're not sure," Jones said.
Schanfish wants other parents to stay on top of their kids social media. In the meantime, she hopes the person behind the pictures is caught and punished.
"She was 13. She's not used to anything like that, and it was very traumatic for her," Schanfish said.
Jones said the charge for sending explicit video to minors is a felony online solicitation of a minor.